Asia travel diary: Hong Kong [part 3]

Day 3 in HK and thankfully, the sun was out and the skies were clear. We started our day early and made our way to Lantau Island, second time around. And since we were there, we tried our luck with the Nike outlet store for the stranger… only to be met with a hoard of people who had the same idea as us. At least it was open!

We came out of the store with a few bargains in hand and went into the building next door to grab some brunch at the food court. Disaster of a meal but at least our bellies were sated for the trek ahead. Upon leaving the building, we were met with the bright signs of Häagen-Dazs… what better way to fix up a bad meal!

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Häagen-Dazs green tea ice cream and macadamia nut; $29.90HKD/$4.27AUD*

On our way to the Ngong Ping 360 cable car base, we bumped into a tourist guide who offered to sell us tickets for the cable ride. Turned out that his tourists were a no show so he needed to get rid of the purchased tickets. I managed to bargain them down $100HKD/$14.29AUD* each whilst full price was $150HKD/$21.43AUD*. He he!

As a result, we got to bypass the crazy line up at the ticketing booth and made it straight into the express lane for the cable cars! Woohoo! Things were already looking up compared to our luck from the day before.

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Straight to the front of the line for the Ngong Ping 360 cable cars

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Views from the cable car, walking track below

We went from mountain to mountain to mountain (I think it was 3… or maybe even 4!) to reach Ngong Ping, Lantau Island – a one way trip took around 25 minutes, much better than the 40 minute ish bus ride we were going to take – and more scenic too!

Oh boy were we high up or what! So high that we were in amongst the clouds.

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Ngong Ping Village

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Wishing charms

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Monastery gates and a view of the Big Buddha

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Haha, I just noticed the ‘no photo’ sign!

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Po Lin Gates

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The ascent to the Big Buddha

We climbed all 268 steps to reach the 34 metre tall Big Buddha; it wasn’t as hard as it looked but boy oh boy, having the sun beaming down on us was a struggle!

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Tian Tan Buddha

Views from above were amazing. Lush greenery mountain tops, glimpses of the sea and the wispy clouds floating through. After taking a heap of photos, we made our way down and proceeded to the Po Lin Monastery nearby to pray and explore the surroundings.

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Looking down

At the Po Lin Monastery, we bought some incense sticks to light up and pray.

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Them incense sticks were BIG and those cauldrons were super super hot with all them burning incense sticks!

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Amazing place, very tranquil and beautiful! I’m so glad we went back and finally made it to the top. 🙂

Back into the city we went and as always, we were on the hunt for food. We weren’t too keen for Chinese so we opted for something a bit more ‘fool proof’.

Ippudo HK

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We were pretty hungry by the time we put our order through, so as we waited for our food to come out, we started to nibble and suss out the condiments on the table…

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Condiments: bean sprouts, spicy pickled greens and pickled garlic

We emptied the pots of bean sprouts and spicy pickled greens but left the pickled garlic untouched. After all, we didn’t want garlic breath for the rest of the day! Haha

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Salmon carpaccio with sauteed mushrooms; $88HKD/$12.57AUD*

A refreshing entree to start: fresh slices of pink salmon pieces drizzled in a light flavourful dressing and paired with sweet, meaty firm bites of sauteed mushrooms. A nice combination of colours and textures.

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Ippudo bbq pork bun; $28HKD/$4.00AUD*

A thick white bao bun sandwiching a slice of fatty pork, lettuce, kewpie mayo and Ippudo’s secret bbq sauce.

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Assorted skewers (5 skewers); $82HKD/$11.71AUD*

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Assorted skewers of enoki mushroom bacon wrap, cherry tomatoes, chicken wings, ginkgo (a type of nut) and a soft boiled egg pork wrap. Oh that chicken wing! Caramelised skin with juicy sweet meat… mmmmMmm~

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Special akamaru ramen

Ippudo’s signature ramen is the akamaru shinaji. A hot and comforting bowl of ramen with a half soft boiled egg, large slices of pork, black fungus, soybean sprouts, nori sheets and scallions. The ramen itself was firm and still had a chewy bite to it whilst the stock wasn’t too salty and had layers of flavour from Ippudo’s secret miso and a splash of garlic oil. Yummy! I’m keen to visit the Ippudo store in Sydney and order this again… or something else if anyone has recommendations??

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Potato salad

Our meal totaled to $380.60HKD/$54.37AUD*, a little on the dearer side compared with our other meals and more on par with Australian prices, but nevertheless, very satisfying and tasty.

Last stop: Kuala Lumpur.

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Ngong Ping 360
11 Tat Tung Road
Tung Chung Lantau Hong Kong
P 852 3666 0606
Opening hours
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
Sat-Sun 9am-6.30pm

Ippudo HK

*exchange rate at time of travel $1AUD=$7HKD

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